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    Posted: December 28 2010 at 20:29
I've just started listening to Roxy Music and while I'm really enjoying myself (not sold on Ferry's singing but his songwriting is very good as are the band performances) I really find some of the stylistic leaps they make from song to song extremely jarring, even as a progressive listener. For example on For Your Pleasure we have Editions Of You followed by In Every Dream Home A Heartache. Listen to them one after the other and see how you feel.
 
 
 
They're from different planets and you'd never believe someone had intentionally sequenced them together.
 
This isn't an isolated incident though, RM frequently follow tracks with other tracks that don't even faintly flow together well. Clearly they do it on purpose and seem to find it amusing, though I will admit that following the long, intense, morose Sea Breezes with the facetious Bitters End on the debut album is pretty funny.
 
What other bands do you find alarming or unpredictable in this way?
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I, for one, love this aspect of Roxy Music's, erm... music.  The band collected and re-presented music styles the way Warhol did with found images.  This makes for some intriguing juxtapositions, which were (unfortunately) smoothed out with each successive release.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote ExittheLemming Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 29 2010 at 06:42
Yep, early Roxy Music were incredibly adventurous and the abrupt changes between successive album tracks can be something of a jolt (but in a good way IMO)

BTW I always thought that In Every Dream Home a Heartache pre-empted Joy Division/The Cure/Banshees etc?
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We can now talk about them in the Prog Lounges as they were moved from Related to Crossover Wink
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Roxy Music are great in how they can be hilarious one moment and frightening the next. I wish I'd discovered them sooner.

 
Are they worth seeing live these days? I've heard they're coming to my neighbourhood soon...
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What other bands do you find alarming or unpredictable in this way?
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I will always recomend 10cc and Supertramp which are always nearby while discussing Roxy, maybe also Sparks, also 80s band Tears for Fears have a artsy and unpredictable side
 
 
Woman in Chains with Phil Collins on drums
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote irrelevant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 01:32
Originally posted by aginor

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that was one good news this late 2010, soon 10cc will follow their brother (removed by birth) Handshake

Yeah! 10cc for crossover! 
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Just on the off-chance that anyone's interested, I'd like to recommend the first few albums by Split Enz. It's the forerunner of Crowded House (not a recommendation , I know) and had the Finn brothers as founding members.

Their songs have the same off-the-wall feel to them, at least I see a lot of similarities to RM, although others may not?

The first three albums are definite winners.
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Originally posted by Textbook

I've just started listening to Roxy Music and while I'm really enjoying myself (not sold on Ferry's singing but his songwriting is very good as are the band performances) I really find some of the stylistic leaps they make from song to song extremely jarring, even as a progressive listener. For example on For Your Pleasure we have Editions Of You followed by In Every Dream Home A Heartache. Listen to them one after the other and see how you feel.
 
 
 
They're from different planets and you'd never believe someone had intentionally sequenced them together.
 
This isn't an isolated incident though, RM frequently follow tracks with other tracks that don't even faintly flow together well. Clearly they do it on purpose and seem to find it amusing, though I will admit that following the long, intense, morose Sea Breezes with the facetious Bitters End on the debut album is pretty funny.
 
What other bands do you find alarming or unpredictable in this way?

on a side note: listen to the similarity of the chord structure between "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" and this:

the songs are even in the same key. both albums are from 1975, so it is probably a coincidence


Edited by BaldJean - December 30 2010 at 05:26

A shot of me as High Priestess of Gaia during our fall festival.
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@ BaldJean:

That picture looks as if you're doing an advert for battered women.  LOL
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NPJ: Being a New Zealander I'm very familiar with Split Enz and I do see similarities to Roxy Music, particularly the pioneering use of sarcasm and irony, and mixing joyous pop tunes with sinister experimental moments.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 30 2010 at 18:26
this album is also schizoid or bipolar or something insane in the membrane
 
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Originally posted by npjnpj

@ BaldJean:

That picture looks as if you're doing an advert for battered women.  LOL

With panko?
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^ Women are best served in breadcrumbs
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Frankly I can't see the problem, two great songs back to backShocked
You must be joking.....Take a running jump......
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